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post : Is it Prevention or is it Early Diagnosis?

Is it Prevention or is it Early Diagnosis?

By Dr. Jerry Mixon August 19, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Everyone seems to agree that prevention of disease is critically important, but most of what doctors do under the heading of preventive care is not prevention, it’s really just early diagnosis.

Pap smears and mammograms don’t prevent breast and cervical cancer; they help us diagnose them early. Prostate exams, chest x-rays, and your annual physical don’t prevent disease, they help us find it early. It is possible not to have a disease, but still be weak, tired, and overweight, while robust good health means being fast, strong, lean, smart, and sexy.

But fast, strong, lean, smart, and sexy pretty much define optimal health, and optimal health requires you and your doctor working together to change your lifestyle, enhance your diet and supplements, move your hormones back to a robust youthful level, and boost your immune system. This is the direction I think medicine should be moving.

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Tom August 19, 2013 at 5:56 AM Reply
People tend to respond to what they interpret as timely, accurate, and personalized information. Feedback (welcome or not!) is an excellent motivator for behavioral change. As more affordable home health technology becomes available, I think that we will likely see an interesting shift in the practice of medicine. Of course there will still be the lifestyle "bitter clingers" who would rather turn their life over to the silver bullet practitioners...